It could have been a huge day for infielder Alex Guerrero, one to remember for the rest of his life. Turns out it will be, just not like any ever imagined.
Guerrero had been on a tear for the
Instead, he was in a Salt Lake City hospital, having what people close to the situation described as a significant part of his left ear reattached a day after it was allegedly bitten off by teammate
In place of calling up Guerrero and his .376 average from triple A, the Dodgers reached down to double-A Chattanooga to call up a .208-hitting shortstop.
The player the Dodgers brought up was Erisbel Arruebarrena, another recent Cuban refugee playing his first season of organized baseball in America.
Arruebarrena is known more for his glove than his bat, and the Dodgers said they wanted someone who could spell
But by the time Uribe suffered the right hamstring injury running out a double in the ninth inning Tuesday night, Guerrero was already in the hospital having plastic surgery. Sources said he could be out a month and it was uncertain how well the blood flow would return to the ear to make the surgery effective.
The Dodgers had moved Guerrero from second to shortstop — his natural position — in his last two games. General Manager
Meanwhile, the Dodgers suspended Olivo indefinitely Wednesday while they continue to investigate the incident. Olivo, a 35-year-old catcher, was reportedly unhappy Guerrero had failed to catch his throw on a stolen-base attempt.
Ironically, in an interview with
Olivo has had temper flare-ups before. In 2007 while with the
Salt Lake City Police Det. Greg Wilking said that when officers spoke to Guerrero at the hospital, he declined to press charges against Olivo. Wilking said there are four years to file.
The Dodgers would not comment on the dugout incident Wednesday. They signed Guerrero to a four-year, $28-million contract last October. Four months later, they signed Arruebarrena to a five-year, $25-million deal.